May 28th, 2009
02:56 PM ET
13 years ago

House GOP takes aim at Pelosi

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The NRCC's new tv spot has a Mission Impossible theme."]
WASHINGTON (CNN) - House Republicans have launched a coordinated public relations blitz against 17 congressional Democrats that seeks to tie them to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her accusations that the CIA misled Congress about the interrogation of terror suspects.

Specifically, the multi-faceted campaign targets these Democrats with television or radio ads, or a pre-recorded telephone message to constituents' homes, that criticizes the members of Congress for voting against initiating an investigation into when Pelosi learned about the use of waterboarding.

It is the first time the National Republican Congressional Committee, the campaign arm of the congressional GOP, has bought a TV ad using Pelosi's comments about the CIA. Late last week, the Republican National Committee posted a Web video comparing the House speaker to the James Bond character Pussy Galore. The RNC video has since been removed from its Web site and You Tube.

(Updated after the jump with Democratic response)

The cost of the NRCC campaign is under $100,000, but it is a harbinger of the GOP's decision to use Pelosi as a campaign issue 17 months before the 2010 elections.

"Accusing the CIA of criminal activity might make Nancy Pelosi popular with her San Francisco constituents, but it also makes her a liability in swing districts across the country," said Ken Spain, the NRCC's communications director.

The NRCC is running the 30-second TV ad for a week against Maryland Rep. Frank Kratovil. The 60-second radio ads target New Mexico Rep. Harry Teague, Arkansas Rep. Vic Snyder, South Dakota Rep. Stephanie Herseth, Florida Rep. Suzanne Kosmas, Virginia Rep. Glenn Nye, and Virginia Rep. Tom Periello. The recorded calls are being directed to constituents of New York Rep. John Hall, Arizona Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, Arizona Rep. Harry Mitchell, Maryland Rep. Steny Hoyer, Idaho Rep. Walt Minnick, Alabama Rep. Bobby Bright, Michigan Rep. Mark Schauer, Wisconsin Rep. Steve Kagen, North Carolina Rep. Larry Kissell, and Ohio Rep. John Boccierri.

Jennifer Crider, a spokeswoman for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, dismissed the GOP campaign against Pelosi as partisan politics.

"The tired attacks from the Republican Party of No are just an attempt to distract from the progress President Obama, Speaker Pelosi and the Democratic Congress are making on jobs, health care, and energy," Crider said. "Polls show that Americans are reacting badly to House Republicans lack of ideas, obstruction, and commitment to the politics of the past."

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soundoff (309 Responses)

    You Know your a no thinking Limbaugh follower when you read

    Teleprompter in cheif
    tax and spend
    gonna ruin the country
    chicago thug

    yes sad but true no thinking Limbaugh ditto heads do exist scary aint it!

    May 28, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. Peter (CA)


    I'm not going to defend those tatics but I am going to ask what you guys bring that is any different?
    Never any solutions, just whining about some delusion as to what Obama is going to do with the country.

    Who should be allowed to vote? Only those "clear thinking" conservatives who continue to believe the drivel that "the market" will fix everything? Stop listening to those idiotic talking heads and think about the fact that we live in a complex society which unfortunately requires some significant financial support.

    May 28, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  3. Lori

    Yawn.. The GOP is still on this diversion tactic, I mean story? It's so yesterday and so irrelevant. I guess that's what happens when you have no ideas or solutions to put forward to the American people and 21% of the American support you. Pelosi is showing the Republicans that she can't be pushed around and I love it.

    May 28, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  4. FactCheck

    Way to chip away at the 21% of the population that still believe in your delusional rhetoric. Goodbye Republicans.

    May 28, 2009 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  5. John Longmire

    Just a reply to an idiot, racist calling himself Buckwheat (I know you're white dude. No black person would write what you wrote)....The party in power when Fannie Mae, AIG, Lehman Bros, Delta Airlines, TWA, and now Chrysler and GM became insolvent was the good old "no regulations, no oversight" Rethuglicans. Stop spewing your Rush Limbaugh Fox News talking points. No one is listening

    May 28, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  6. janey

    What's new?...The GOP gripes about everybody and everything.

    May 28, 2009 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  7. Brandon

    The GOP is absolutely right to push this forward. Everyone claimed they want "accountable" government, well now you're getting it. Or is it that you don't support it when a Democrat is implicated? All this GOP bashing is nothing but an attempt to move focus from the actual issue.

    May 28, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  8. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    The GOP is such a bad loser.... Don't they think we can see through this Pelosi smokescreen? She's not the problem; the problem was the rotten Bush/Cheney administration that rewrote laws (thanks to Gonzales) to allow CIA torture camps. Pelosi is not the problem.

    May 28, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  9. Jefe

    lol...GOP=OWNED (by themselves, yet again). This is going to turn out very, very bad for them...

    May 28, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  10. ~~ July ~~

    susie May 28th, 2009 12:31 pm ET

    The Democrats are putting us in the Poor House with all their spending.

    susie .. I have a feeling that you were already in the poor house .. only now you can finally blame the Democrats for it. Bet you were real happy when Obama won ... finally someone to blame for your state of being jajaaaa

    May 28, 2009 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  11. Amy

    If the Republicans care so much about the truth maybe they should have started investigations into the Bush Administrations many instances of misleading Congress and the American people – especially when it came to the intelligence regarding the so-called weapons of mass destruction that we were going to find in Iraq.
    Republican Party = party of hypocrites

    May 28, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  12. Amy

    If the Republicans care so much about the truth maybe they should have started investigations into the Bush Administration's many instances of misleading Congress and the American people – especially when it came to the intelligence regarding the so-called weapons of mass destruction that we were going to find in Iraq.
    Republican Party = party of hypocrites

    May 28, 2009 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  13. Ellis

    The GOP "goes after" everybody that doesn't think just like them. Morons.

    May 28, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  14. Frank in CA

    Why does everyone seem to forget that the document from the CIA that everyone is referring to explicitly says that the recollection of their agents may not be entirely accurate? Seems like a pretty important detail. Tell the CIA to get facts that they are confident about, then we can talk. Until then, spare us your outrage.

    May 28, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  15. Peoples Voice

    Let them use her. We have Cheney, Rush, Bush, Newt and many, many others that can be used against them.

    Besides, the CIA does lie. Just ask George Tenet. It will be a slam dunk.

    May 28, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  16. Paul from Phoenix

    You people who distinguish between Bush/Cheney (saying they did the act) and Pelosi (who knew but did nothing) drive me crazy. Look up the following term: COMPLICIT.

    This means she knew, and did nothing to stop it. The Senate was controlled by Dems at the time, aka Reid. You know what that means? They controlled the purse. They funded these interrogations, and didn't raise a stink about them until politically viable.

    They are just as guilty because they knew it was happening, allowed it to happen, and did nothing to stop it. Hence, they were complicit in the act.

    You people who try and distinguish between Bush/Cheney and Pelosi are blind idiots reciting talking points from websites!

    May 28, 2009 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  17. Kathy

    Bring it on GOP! You are going to find out all kinds of information that you would rather not know about.

    May 28, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  18. skyhawkdriver

    If you took at the supposed leaders of both parties..steele..pelosi..reid..obama.lumblubber..cheney.and dumped them in to a bag..shook it up and then dumped it out absolutly nothing would fall out..there is a total lack of leadership and decision making..all any of these people are concerned about is fleecing the taxpayers and lining their own pockets..we have a government of spoiled whining babies..this is NOT the government of the the people and for the is the government of the haves and have nots..the politicians have it..the people do not..and people will continue to suffer until all of these hacks of both parties are thrown out..get lost pelosi you old wrinkle faced windbag

    May 28, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  19. deb0155

    I see and hear nothing but socialism and the American people are letting it happen! The media is one sided and if you speak out against the Democrats – then you are a a racist. I have lost much respect for my country! We have turned into "wimpering, whiney, mean girls", and I'm talking about both sides of the fence – Dems and Republicans. It's time to grow up people and really look at what's happening here in this country. I'll say it again – socialism!

    May 28, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  20. Emil, Franklin, TN

    Go get her!

    Clearly, Pelosi's interests are, well, Pelosi.

    May 28, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  21. Larry

    Man ... these Republicans simply do not get it


    We are sick of the childish bad mouthing

    We are sick of high school level politics in their ranks


    The Party Of NO ... ideas ...

    May 28, 2009 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  22. Bob

    Bush Chaney deceived us about WMD's in Iraq and now over 4300 American women and men are now dead!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What party has the bigger deception??????????????????????

    May 28, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  23. ~~ July ~~

    Teleprompter in cheif??

    Get over it! you all sound so stupid when all you have to fight is 'Teleprompter in cheif'.

    Mark my words ........ after Obama EVERY President will use a Teleprompter. It is the way of the future. Just like every news person on tv read from a teleprompter ... just like ' hi my name is _____ and I am here to talk to you about a new drug call ___ ' commericals ... they read it from a teleprompter. Like I said .... it is the way of the future.

    May 28, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  24. Rob

    I think the easiest way to get the message across would be a quick commercial. Show a picture of Pelosi, underneath are the words "Idiot". Cue voiceover saying, "Since Nancy Pelosi took over as Speaker of the House, Congress has not accomplished anything. She has led a vindictive charge against Republicans, which has proven fruitless. She's impeded progress, democracy, and the safety of our soldiers. Along with her counterpart in the Senate Harry Reid, Pelosi has led Congress to its lowest approval ratings ever. To top it all off, she lies, and possible has developed dementia as she connot remember events."

    Then fade screen to black. Voiceover "Enough is enough" Have the phrase "Vote Pelosi out, get the Republicans back in charge, and let's REALLY get to fixing the country" appear in bold letters.

    She's had 2 1/2 years of running things...straight into the ground. She is incompetant, idiotic, and definitely NOT what America needs.

    May 28, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  25. Every

    Beoner said the CIA lied, I did not hear the same accusations tossed at him, that I hear at Pelosi! The repuglicans are a bunch of hypocrites! They sided with George Bush, Dick Cheney, Rumsfeld and the CIA to deceive the congress, and American people into ging to WarI Dick Cheney personally coherced and worked with the CIA to fabricate a case against Sadamm Hussien, saying he was 6 months away from accruing a nuclear weapon, and had weapons of mass destruction! This murder of innocent Americans,Sadamm Hussein, and the Iraqi civilians is a blight on American international politics and the American people foever! The same repuglican talking heads who got us into this mess are still talking, Dick Cheney, Hannity, Limpballs, Boener, Glenn Beck and the conservative base! When will the America people, television and radio media "wake up to repuglican hypocrisy" and stop patronizing these race baters, haters, polarizes of divisve and volatile politics!

    May 28, 2009 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
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